Súile Na nÓg art exhibition showcases young Donegal talent – Picture Special

first_imgJunior and Leaving Certificate Art students in Donegal showcased their creations in a captivating exhibition Súile Na Nóg last month.For 23 years, the Art Teachers Association of Donegal has come together to showcase the work of Junior Certificate students, with the new addition of Leaving Certificate work.The Regional Cultural Centre Letterkenny kindly and carefully create this exhibition space so that the students’ hard work and outstanding creations get the recognition they deserve and so that friends, family and members of the public can take in this amazing variety of work in all its creativity and glory.Members of The Donegal Art Teachers Association at Súile Na Nóg 2019It’s an exhibition for all the family with an endless variety of art in all its forms. It is sure to inspire any budding artist and current art students of all ages.The opening of the Súile Na Nóg exhibition took place on Thursday the 17th of October at the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny and was presented by the Donegal Art Teacher Association.There was a wide range of extraordinary drawings and paintings as well as impressive life-like models on display, showcasing the talent and flair that these students have for art.Sorcha Keeve voted best ordinary level project by the Donegal Art Teachers AssociationWinning Ordinary Project Aaron Curley, Carndonagh Community SchoolSpecial recognition was given to last year’s Junior Certificate students Aaron Curley of Carndonagh Community School, whose project ‘Nice One’ was awarded Best Ordinary Level project by the Donegal Art Teachers Association and Sorcha Keeve of Loreto Secondary School, Letterkenny, whose project ‘Everything has beauty but not everyone sees it’ was awarded Best Higher Level project.See photos from the event in the picture gallery below:Anna Leadly, Loreto Secondary School Letterkenny with her artworkAnna Leadly and Orlaith Bennis with their art teacher Miss Lynnette RodgersLaura Bonar with her mother Nora BonarStudents from Raphoe Royal and Prior with their art teacher Laura FergusonLoreto Secondary School students enjoying the exhibitionClaire Russell With her artworkGrace Mc Shane with her teacher Michelle Mc GeeLauren McLaughlin Carndonagh Community SchoolTeachers from St. Columbas Stranorlar_ Brian O_ Donnell and Donna Mac GroryKate Smyth ONeill Carndonagh CSMrs Ladley with Thresea May SweeneyMrs Ladley with Megan Toland Saoirse Gallagher, St. Columbas Stranorlar, College with her artworkLaura Sweeney with her grandmotherEmily Mullen, Loreto Secondary School Letterkenny with her 3D artworkMia Henry, St Columbas Stranlorar with her artworkEmma Thomas Abbey Vocational School with her artworkStudents from Coláiste AilighSúile Na nÓg art exhibition showcases young Donegal talent – Picture Special was last modified: November 6th, 2019 by Katie GillenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Súile Na nÓglast_img read more

Africa 4.0: Preparing for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

first_imgMinister of Communications, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams The theme for this year’s edition of the World Economic Forum, taking place in Davos between the 22 – 25 January, is Globalisation 4.0: Shaping a Global Architecture in the Age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Myself and a delegation of South African Ministers will work other global participants on defining new models for building sustainable and inclusive societies in a plurilateral world.There is no question that the Fourth Industrial Revolution is upon us. That it is taking place globally at unpredictably fast rates is common cause. The biggest unknown is the size of the seismic change ahead of us and its impact on the developing world, particularly the African continent.The disruptions that digital technology will bring are expected across industries and all economic sectors, impacting the job market of the future, skills development and education of the workplace and not least, the way we live. For Africa, the Fourth Industrialisation poses massive opportunities, but also some critical risks.Previous industrial revolutions heightened and increased regional divisions and marginalised the most vulnerable societies in the world. It is imperative that governments shape the current globalisation trends to ensure inclusivity and fairness of the Fourth Industrial Revolution through collaboration and partnerships. Strong collaboration and consensus is required between government, academia, science councils, business and labour.With Africa having the world’s youngest population, the most pertinent question to my mind is, “How does Africa, with the development and climate challenges it faces, take its place in a Globalisation 4.0 context?”As Africa’s leading industrialised nation, South Africa has been preparing for the Fourth Industrial Revolution for several years across various sectors of government. All industries are being digitally disrupted, which presents an opportunity for a growing digital economy. The Fourth Industrial Revolution provides us with a new and unique opportunity to address youth unemployment by adapting our education models to catalyse innovation and upskill the next generation for digital transformation.Industrialisation 4.0Through the Department of Trade and Industry’s (dti’s) Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP), government has developed several iterations of industrial policy to support Africa’s industrialisation and optimisation of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The dti recently established a new Chief Directorate, the Future Industrial Production & Technologies (FIP&T) unit to examine likely impacts and build capacity around government to confront challenges of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.By importing Industry 4.0 technologies and combining them with low costs of production factors, emerging countries can leapfrog in the value chain and solve societal issues, including creating decent jobs.Industries with wide product ranges (such as food and beverages), commodity producers (metals, agriculture) and precision-driven (pharmaceuticals and electronic components) are most likely to invest in Industry 4.0, which is crucial for the South African economy.Early South African areas of response to date include aggressive technology acquisitions, transfer and diffusion of technologies; securing inward investment from global Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) in key strategic value chains to build global competitive capabilities e.g. Mining and mining capital equipment; fuel cells; aerospace and defence.As government, we have stepped up research and development and commercialisation efforts, led by the Department of Science & Technology and its institutions, in close collaboration with the dti.We are providing a much stronger institutional architecture to support technology transfers – building on excellent examples like the Technology Localisation Implementation Unit at the CSIR. In addition, we have programmes to support innovation, such as tax incentives to encourage acquisition and innovation in production capabilities, new systems, processes, products and exports.Youth, education and jobs for new, smarter economiesMany jobs are threatened by redundancy in the next wave of industrialisation and this pertains to Africa too. Existing jobs are expected to go through step-changes in the skill sets required to perform them. Others job types are expected to grow rapidly but unpredictably.Knowledge and ICT skills will be critical to Africa unlocking future opportunities. Upskilling is essential to ensure economic survival and social consent; a critical responsibility falls on the state and business for continuous, targeted training and re-training initiatives. Governments and business should work to assist workers and communities with the changes required to be part of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.President Ramaphosa recently announced, as part of government’s broader strategy to upskill the next generation with digital skills, learners will be equipped with tablet devices to assist e-learning at public schools.Africa embraces Globablisation 4.0We encourage South African companies to consider the rest of Africa as a key market, especially for trade in value-added products that will form part of the Fourth Industrial Revolution value chains. Intra-African trade remains low compared to other major regions in the world such as the EU and Asia. Africa needs to increase its production base of export manufacturing and focus on facilitating the movement of goods across borders in competitive ways.There has been encouraging progress on this front. In July 2018, South Africa joined almost 50 other countries on the continent in signing the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) agreement which seeks a single continental market for goods and services, with free movement of business persons and investments. With about 1.2-billion people on the African continent, the African Continental Free Trade Area agreement could create one of the largest free trade market zones in the world.Africa has shown its digital leapfrogging capabilities in the past through successful digital transformation – the area where we’re seeing economic growth occur for Africa.To this end, we as a nation are ensuring that we are part of the important global discussions pertaining to the Fourth Industrial Revolution because Africa cannot afford to be left behind.The ITU Telecom World was hosted by South Africa for the first time in Durban in September 2018. The conference attracted 7 000 government Ministers, leaders of multilateral organisations, regulators, business, entrepreneurs and small businesses. We embraced this opportunity because it ensured that Africa’s voice was heard in the important technology discussions which include preparations for 5G networks, impact and ownership of Artificial Intelligence, cybersecurity and the risks and opportunities of a smarter world.Another area of focus is connecting the people who remain offline. The Smart Africa Initiative has resolved to launch the One Africa Network, which is aligned to modern thinking in the rollout of infrastructure as the continent strives to connect her unconnected citizens. Training people in digital skills is as important as rolling out infrastructure to cover everyone.In this regard, African countries are rolling out the Internet-for-All programme which focuses on the provision of digital skills, localisation of the internet content and manufacturing and the rollout of infrastructure. Some private sector companies, like Cisco and Microsoft, are partnering with African countries to scale up digital skills training.All these initiatives are important because they facilitate the meaningful participation of Africans in the Fourth Industrial Revolution and empowers us to do so on own terms. Ms Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams is the Minister of Communications in South Africa.last_img read more

Transport Month 2016

first_imgIn October every year South Africa celebrates its public transport, and road, rail, air and maritime infrastructure, during Transport Month. This year the theme of the month is “Together we move South Africa forward”.James Hall Museum of Transport: a nod to land transportThe James Hall Museum of Transport in Johannesburg preserves and collects the country’s transport heritage. Here, from schoolchildren to motor enthusiasts, from tourists to ordinary citizens, everyone will find something to catch their eye. READ MORE >Five South African motorsport legendsFrom the late Gugu Zulu to recent MotoGP champ Brad Binder, South African motorsport boasts a host of legends, champions and superstars. Meet some of the country’s best behind the wheel. READ MORE >Transport Month celebrates the ‘heartbeat’ of South Africa’s economy“A resilient and fast-growing economy is at the heart of our radical economic transformation agenda and our National Development Plan,” Transport Minister Dipuo Peters at the launch of Transport Month at Mmorogong village in North West. READ MORE >Public transport: Buses and trains in South AfricaWhile South Africa is well served by an extensive road network, conveniently offering travellers to ability to reach all corners of the country by car, it is still a large country to explore and those not used to driving long distances, there are other options available to travel around South Africa, both between cities and around metropolitan areas. READ MORE >Driving in South AfricaWhen visiting South Africa, the self-driving option is a viable and enjoyable way to get around the country. South Africa has excellent road infrastructure, large vehicle-hire fleets run by international and local rental companies, great weather and plenty of stunning scenery. READ MORE >Domestic flights in South AfricaSouth Africa has a number of airlines flying between its major cities as well as to some of its smaller ones, with fares ranging from first-class to cut-price economy. Flights can be booked online from anywhere in the world. READ MORE >Infographic: Joburg by taxi – a practical guideGetting around Joburg on a minibus taxi can be daunting for newbies. But once you know your short right from your after robot, and your Diepsloot from your Orange Farm, it’s the fastest, most popular and often the cheapest way to get where you want to go. READ MORE >last_img read more

Dominic Thiem edges into French Open third round

first_imgEthel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue World number 91 Bublik delighted the Court Philippe Chatrier crowd with his wide range of shots, including three underarm serves, but ran out of steam at the wrong time.Fiery Australian Nick Kyrgios has caused controversy in recent months with underarm serves, while Bublik also used the tactic during his first-round win over Rudolf Molleker.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I expected it. To be honest, it’s a good choice against players like us who are that far behind the baseline,” said Thiem.“There is nothing bad about it. And, I mean, I was prepared for that, so that was no problem. Austria’s Dominic Thiem serves the ball to Kazakhstan’s Alexander Bublik during their men’s singles second round match on day five of The Roland Garros 2019 French Open tennis tournament in Paris on May 30, 2019. (Photo by CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT / AFP)Last year’s runner-up Dominic Thiem said he was “prepared” to face some underarm serves from entertaining Kazakh Alexander Bublik as he reached the third round at Roland Garros for the fourth straight year on Thursday.The Austrian fourth seed was facing a fifth set when trailing 5-2 in the fourth, but reeled off five straight games to win 6-3, 6-7 (6/8), 6-3, 7-5.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, toocenter_img MOST READ LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “There’s nothing wrong about it. It’s sometimes quite a good tactic.”It is 30 years since fans on Chatrier witnessed the most famous underarm serve in modern history by then-17-year-old Michael Chang against Ivan Lendl en route to the title.The 25-year-old Thiem is bidding for a maiden Grand Slam title and has reached at least the semi-finals in Paris for three consecutive years.He will face Pablo Cuevas in the last 32, after British number one Kyle Edmund retired from their second-round match with a left knee injury while trailing the Uruguayan 7-6 (7/3), 6-3, 2-1.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Serena Williams crushes Nara to reach French Open third round Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transportlast_img read more

10 months agoSACKED! Asier Garitano loses job at Real Sociedad

first_imgSACKED! Asier Garitano loses job at Real Sociedadby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAsier Garitano has been sacked by Real Sociedad.The team are fifteenth, with five wins, four draws and eight defeats, and Garitano’s style hasn’t convinced the board of the club.”We appreciate Asier Garitano’s contribution, professionalism and dedication,” a brief statement read, wishing him all the best for the future.Imanol Alguacil, who already took charge of the team at the end of last season after the dismissal of Eusebio, and who was head of the academy since then, takes over. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Farmers to receive compensation as part of historic NAFTA revamp

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada gave up some access to its dairy, egg and poultry industries but will keep its agricultural supply management system and avoid punishing auto tariffs under the new North American trade deal.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hailed the landmark agreement as a win for everyone and U.S. President Donald Trump did a victory lap at the White House as industries across Canada took stock of the new era in continental trade.“Today we are securing a higher standard of living far into the future for the people of Canada,” Trudeau said during a news conference Monday in Ottawa.The revamped NAFTA deal — dubbed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA — was almost 14 months in the making and has 32 chapters, 11 annexes and 12 side letters. One letter promises Canada will be exempt from any future U.S. tariffs imposed on automobiles and auto parts as a matter of national security.The deal does not, however, address the removal of the steel and aluminum tariffs Trump slapped on Canada last spring or the softwood lumber tariffs imposed in 2017. U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said Monday there is no timeline for removing those tariffs.Trump said the tariffs he has imposed — or threatened to levy — may be a key reason he landed an agreement after months of agonizing talks. “Without tariffs, we wouldn’t be talking about a deal.”The agreement includes new rules for the auto sector, such as requiring 40 per cent of car parts be made by workers paid at least $16 an hour, a labour rule Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said was unique in trade agreements and a very progressive way to protect jobs for higher-wage workers.Freeland highlighted Canada’s success in maintaining the dispute-resolution process that sends trade quarrels between countries to an independent binational panel. Keeping that provision, previously known as chapter 19 under NAFTA, was one of Canada’s lines in the sand, though the U.S. initially wanted to eliminate it.The B.C. Lumber Trade Council said retaining the dispute mechanism was “absolutely critical.” As with the steel tariffs, the new trade deal does not undo controversial U.S.-imposed duties on Canadian softwood lumber imports.Other key aspects include lengthening the patents on biologic pharmaceuticals by two years to 10 years from eight, and increasing the amount Canadians can spend online at U.S. retailers without paying duty to $150 from $20.Derek Burleton, deputy chief economist at TD Economics, echoed the sentiment of many in expressing relief at an agreement.“The deal is far from perfect, but other, decidedly more negative potential outcomes — such as Canada’s exclusion from a revised agreement, a ‘zombie’ NAFTA, and steep tariffs on Canadian auto exports to the U.S. — have likely been avoided,” he wrote in an analysis Monday.Benoit Fontaine, the chair of Chicken Farmers of Canada, likewise expressed reassurance that “a year of uncertainty over the future of the agricultural landscape in Canada is over.”Canada increased the amount of duty-free access for U.S. farmers in all five of its supply managed sectors — dairy, eggs, chicken, hatching eggs and turkey.Fontaine says that will mean Americans can sell 12 million additional kilograms of chicken in Canada, which doesn’t make chicken farmers happy, but at lets them know what they’re dealing with now.Dairy Farmers of Canada, however, issued a terse statement saying the deal will have “a dramatic impact not only for dairy farmers but for the whole sector.”Under the USMCA Canada is offering the U.S. a 3.6 per cent share of the dairy market, which is more than the 3.25 per cent it offered under the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. Canada is also eliminating a recent pricing assessment for certain types of milk products that was a lightning rod of discontent for Trump.On Monday Trump called dairy a “deal breaker” for him in the negotiations.“Our farmers were not treated properly by Canada,” he said. “Now they’re going to be treated with respect.”Trudeau tried to placate Canadian dairy farmers by promising compensation. The prime minister said he knows there is anxiety for dairy producers but also suggested things could have been a lot worse.“We know full well the American administration targeted the complete scrapping of supply management and what we did with this agreement was to protect supply management for future generations because it is a system that works,” Trudeau said.There are no details yet on how much compensation Canada is willing to provide or what form it will take.Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer called the deal a “failure” by Trudeau to achieve anything new for Canada. Instead, he said, Canada can only brag about what it didn’t have to concede. Scheer said he would have gotten a better deal.NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh said Canadians will end up paying more for things like milk and pharmaceuticals under the deal.Notably, the prime minister did not mention Trump in his opening remarks, saying only in answer to a direct question that the relationship with the president has been challenging during the course of tumultuous negotiations.Trump acknowledged relations between himself and Trudeau have been “testy” but added that was simply because of the negotiations. The only thing wrong with Trudeau is that he “loves his people,” the president said.Trump and Trudeau did speak briefly about the agreement by phone Monday. Trudeau also spoke with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto.Trump has been threatening for weeks to lock Canada out of a new trade deal and proceed alone with Mexico. Just six days ago he said he didn’t think Canada was negotiating fairly. But on Monday he was all smiles, calling the deal “historic.”— With files from Mike Blanchfield, James McCarten and Kristy Kirkuplast_img read more

The Latest Brexit Germany glad UK avoided total chaos

first_imgLONDON — The Latest on Brexit (all times local):8:30 a.m.Germany’s foreign minister says he’s relieved that Britain’s governing party stopped short of creating “total chaos” in the Brexit process, but is indicating that he still sees little chance of substantial concessions to London on its European Union divorce deal.Prime Minister Theresa May is expected at an EU summit Thursday after surviving a confidence vote by her party’s lawmakers, many of whom loathe the agreement. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas told Deutschlandfunk radio that “we now have another chance with Theresa May of her … getting a majority for this accord, which is a compromise between both sides.”Asked what could be done to secure British approval without renegotiation or legal changes, Maas replied: “Ultimately the British have to tell us that because, if there are proposals from Brussels now, no one can tell given the confusion in London whether it is enough to get a majority in the House of Commons.”___8:10 a.m.British Prime Minister Theresa May is seeking a lifeline from European Union leaders after winning a no-confidence vote triggered by Conservative lawmakers unhappy with her Brexit plan.May will ask the 27 other EU leaders at a Brussels summit Thursday for reassurances about the Brexit divorce deal that she can use to win over a skeptical British Parliament. The British leader scrapped a planned vote on the deal this week when it became clear she would lose.The bloc is adamant there can be no substantive changes to the legally-binding withdrawal agreement.On Wednesday evening, May survived a vote on her leadership from Conservative lawmakers by 200-117. The victory gives her a reprieve from domestic pressure but the size of the rebellion underscores the unpopularity of her Brexit plan.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Oilsands target MEG formally rejects Husky Energys 33 billion takeover bid

first_imgHusky values the transaction at $6.4 billion, including the assumption of $3.1 billion in debt.MEG chairman Jeffrey McCaig says Husky’s offer doesn’t recognize the value of MEG’s assets, technology, expertise and business prospects, noting that MEG is at an “inflection point” with a low-risk business plan that will generate significant free cash flow starting in 2019.Husky says it took its proposal directly to shareholders because MEG’s board wouldn’t discuss it. It says its offer is open until Jan. 16.In its news release, MEG says it is producing 100,000 barrels per day of bitumen and has spent substantially all the capital required to increase production to 113,000 bpd by 2020. CALGARY, A.B. – MEG Energy Corp. says its board is unanimously recommending that shareholders reject Husky Energy Inc.’s $3.3-billion hostile takeover offer made on Oct. 2.In a news release, the Calgary-based oilsands company says the offer “significantly undervalues” its shares and is not in the best interests of the company.Husky is offering a combination of cash or shares worth $11 for each MEG share. The maximum cash available under the deal is capped at $1 billion and the maximum number of shares limited to 107 million.last_img read more

Grande Prairie RCMP Seek Assistance in Locating Missing Person Update

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Grande Prairie RCMP would like to advise that Paul Beaudry has been located. He is safe and unharmed.52-year-old Beaudry was reported missing on January 21, 2019.RCMP would like to thank the public and the media for their assistance.last_img

Pipeline rupture sends 40000 litres of oil into Alberta creek

first_imgDRAYTON VALLEY, Alta. — The Alberta Energy Regulator says a pipeline has spilled 40,000 litres of crude oil into a creek.The regulator says on its website that the incident happened Thursday on a Bonterra Energy Corp. line 14 kilometres south of Drayton Valley, Alta.It says the line was shut in and depressurized, and that containment booms were installed. The AER says no impacts to wildlife were reported.Calgary-based Bonterra says in a news release that it began investigating a problem with the pipeline at 8 a.m. Thursday, and at 1 p.m. it discovered a rupture that was leaking into Washout Creek.It says it is removing the oil with booms and vacuums, and is mitigating the effect on wildlife by setting up barriers as well as visual deterrents that include having people present.Washout Creek flows into the North Saskatchewan River, which is the source of Edmonton’s water supply, and Bonterra says it has placed additional booms where the creek meets the river as an extra precaution.The company says cleanup and recovery is expected to continue for the next three weeks.The Canadian Presslast_img read more